The Super Eagles of Nigeria recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the first-half to beat Argentina 4-2 in their international friendly encounter on Tuesday, kick starting their preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia on a high note.
A strong Argentinean side, albeit without skipper Lionel Messi, took the lead through Ever Banega in the 27th minute and doubled their advantage 10 minutes later via Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero who moved up to 3rd on his country’s all-time scoring list with his 36th international goal.
Minutes before the break, Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho curled a free-kick into the net just before half-time to reduce the deficit and give the Nigerians some hope of a comeback. Buoyed by Iheanacho’s goal, the Eagles eagerly began the second half with purpose and shocked their opponents by scoring two quick-fire goals in the space of three minutes courtesy Alex Iwobi and Bryan Idowu.
Iwobi went on to score his second and Nigeria’s fourth in the 73rd minute to kill off any hopes of a fightback from La Albiceleste. The Eagles held on until the final whistle to claim what was only their second victory ever against one of their bogey sides.
FT: Argentina 2-4 Nigeria.
We turned around a 2 goal deficit to beat Argentina.
The Krasnodar fans are giving our team a loud applause and standing ovation for an incredible performance#SoarSuperEagles.
— 🇳🇬 Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) November 14, 2017